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Saturday, September 8

Tough Call

Yesterday, the local ABC station in New York City, WABC, decided that after six years of broadcasting the full 9/11 memorial coverage in which the name of each and every person who died that day is read aloud, it would cut away early and show regularly scheduled programming, including "Live with Regis and Kelly," "The View" and "Rachael Ray." The change incensed New Yorkers, even when the station opted to show the full coverage on its Web site and digital channel.

Even though earlier this morning the station "caved" to pressure and agreed to run the entire coverage, the question still remains... when is enough enough?

Is Rachael Ray what people need to move on?



The New York Press didn't mind jabbing Rachael over the whole mess:

At least their [sic] showing Rachael Ray, though. WABC probably figures a new Chicken Pot Pie recipe might be just as comforting as hearing your loved one’s name read aloud.

While I don't think a loud, energized Rachael is what mourners would want to help take their mind off what happened, I can't imagine that the station can continue to show the full memorial service every year for all eternity.

So what do you think? Should WABC run the full coverage every year or should they eventually cut back?

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10 Comments:

At 9/08/2007 8:47 PM , Blogger Marc said...

Full coverage every year, and eventually cut back....or follow the cues of what has happened on the anniversaries of other world wars, etc.

 
At 9/08/2007 8:47 PM , Blogger Marc said...

sorry that didn't make sense...I meant "full coverage for as long as deemed necessary"

 
At 9/09/2007 12:14 AM , Anonymous Quincy said...

I couldn't agree more with the "when is enough, enough" statement. No matter who you are if you were alive on 9/11/2001 you will never ever forget the tragic events, and the lives that were lost on that day for as long as you live. At least I know I won't. So do we really need a "special" broadcast every single year to remind us. I don't think so. I think WABC made the right decision at first to carry on with local programming following the actual memorial service.

A perfect example of enough is enough, is going back and looking at how many years did we see the names of all the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing read on live TV? Two maybe three years?

 
At 9/09/2007 1:51 PM , Anonymous Becstasyshock said...

I've been so annoyed by the obsession people have over 9/11. They treat it like another fad like Beanie Babies or Furbies. It's become popular to collect the car bumper sticker ribbons and stores were selling out of American flags as if they were another tickle me Elmo doll. It may be a very large tragedy, but it's way too commercialized. People die every day from very unfair and horrible situations, but they don't get their names up every year on television. Even soldiers who died over seas by bravely and knowingly put their lives on the line to save others aren't getting that on every anniversary of their death.

It's way out of hand. We have to move on.

 
At 9/09/2007 3:16 PM , Anonymous curmudgeonfish said...

This doesn't really concern Rachael, does it? I mean, her show just happens to be the one that normally runs in that time slot. Why did her name come up in this, as though she really had a say in the matter?

 
At 9/09/2007 5:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rachael Ray is bad on her own but
she would be an insult on 9-11.

 
At 9/09/2007 9:36 PM , Blogger chris said...

I have to agree that while some people may think it is "never enough", after 5 years, the amount of time should be cut back. My brother lives in NY, and lost a few friends, but as he said to me, "we don't forget, but we need to also remember to live our lives well in honor of those who died. And that means moving on."

 
At 9/10/2007 2:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should show the footage every year including the scenes that have been censored of the bodies impacting the plaza of those who chose to jump rather than burn.

Until the evil is eradicated and the Islamic terrorists are reduced to cowering in the dark.

I know this is a food blog not a political venue, but 9/11 was a wake up call that too many are not heeding. These people want to kill us just for existing.

/rant off

 
At 9/10/2007 5:35 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh come on! This has nothing to do with Rachael Ray- this is just what they would do in lieu of it.

 
At 9/11/2007 7:46 AM , Anonymous Jeff said...

I remember all too vividly that week in 2001, especially because my mother passed away on 9/8, and her cremains had to be shipped to a cemetery in upstate New York for internment. Ironically, that Priority Mail shipment didn't get to its destination for the next two weeks. Plus, I was really frantic when I saw the pictures of the World Trade Center and the planes...I was afraid whoever was going to travel down the Eastern seaboard and destroy major buildings in their way, including the Omni in Miami, where my car was parked near work. I staggered through that parking lot and finally found my car and raced home to worry. I don't think anyone needs to be reminded of the horror of that day...and I think the person who should have remembered it and done something substantial about it missed his mark...he resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue...for the time being.

 

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